Achievo ATK, an Open Source project

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Presentation I did at the Linuxdagen 2007 in Oslo (http://www.linuxdagen.no). Covers Achievo ATK, but also some background info on running an open source project (may 7th, 2007).

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Achievo ATK, an Open Source project

  1. 1. Achievo ATK – An Open Source Project Ivo Jansch <ivo@ibuildings.nl> Ibuildings.nl BV
  2. 2. Agenda • About Ibuildings • About the ATK framework • Demo • Running an open source project woensdag 6 juni 2007 2
  3. 3. About Ibuildings.nl • Company  Founded in 1999  Based in the Netherlands  Today: 40+ employees in 3 offices (Vlissingen, Rotterdam and Sittard)  Technology (open source) background • Main activities  Technology & Development  Communication & Marketing  Business Solutions woensdag 6 juni 2007 3
  4. 4. Technology at Ibuildings • Software engineering  Strong focus on solid software engineering practices • PHP as a strategic development platform  All developers are Zend Certified Engineers  Actively contributing to the Open Source community • Zend partnership  Official Zend Representative for the Benelux  PHP and Zend Training woensdag 6 juni 2007 4
  5. 5. ATK Application Framework • Achievo ATK is an object oriented Web Application Framework, written in PHP • Business application development • Targeted at developers who wish to focus on business logic, instead of coding HTML woensdag 6 juni 2007 5
  6. 6. ATK philosophy • Very Rapid Application Development Code minimization (10 lines of code…)  “Don’t reinvent the wheel”  “Don’t Repeat Yourself” principle  80/20 rule  • Versatile Supports many databases  Runs out of the box  Dependencies are bundled  PHP4 / PHP5  • Customizable  Modular system  Customize ATK  Customize your own software woensdag 6 juni 2007 6
  7. 7. ATK features • For the user Uniform interface  CRUD functionality  Data search functionality  Themes  Internationalization (15+ languages)  AJAX features  • For the developer Database abstraction layer (MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL)  Relationship modeling (e.g. 1:N, N:1, N:M db relations)  Flexible authentication & authorization  Application session management  Out of the box, but 100% customizable  woensdag 6 juni 2007 7
  8. 8. ATK is NOT… • A component framework  Zend Framework  ezComponents  PEAR • These provide components to build applications • ATK builds the application • A CMS  But you can build one with ATK woensdag 6 juni 2007 8
  9. 9. ATK Demo Demo… woensdag 6 juni 2007 9
  10. 10. History • Startup company  Software can be expensive • Open Source minded  ‘LAMP’ based company • Scratching an itch  Administration • Achievo Project Management  First open source release in April 2000  Initial release: ‘How not to write software’ woensdag 6 juni 2007 10
  11. 11. History (2) • Something was not right  Community feedback (a lot of feature requests)  Customization needs  Code duplication, spaghetti • Complete rewrite  Software Engineering + OO  Model driven approach => ATK born • Breaking loose of Achievo  All Ibuildings software based on ATK since 2001  ATK released as separate OS project in 2004 woensdag 6 juni 2007 11
  12. 12. Business Model • Knowledge based model  Support  Training  Paid enhancements • License based model  Commercial licensing  Dual licensing • Indirect model  Projects  Other products (CMS, dotcoms) woensdag 6 juni 2007 12
  13. 13. Development Model • Evolutionary development  Grow as needed  Community contributions • Generalization  Careful selection of development layer  Need something twice -> generalize • Quality control  Unit Testing  Sheriffs woensdag 6 juni 2007 13
  14. 14. Setting up a community • Tools Website  Source Control  Forum  Bugtracker  Wiki  Build automation (nightlies, releases)  • Release guidelines  Release something that works  Out of the box woensdag 6 juni 2007 14
  15. 15. Setting up a community (2) • Keeping users happy Document the software  Help the users  Stay in touch  Maintain backwardscompatibility  • Marketing  Make sure you are found  Get linked  Watch the competition woensdag 6 juni 2007 15
  16. 16. More info • Visit these websites for more information about Ibuildings and the ATK framework:  http://www.ibuildings.nl  http://www.achievo.org/atk  http://www.achievo.org/blog • ivo@ibuildings.nl • Thank you! woensdag 6 juni 2007 16

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